The Holistic Healer
Interacting with our patients can empower them to become leaders in their own medical management
Marilyn Bui |
I believe that the patient is the ultimate driver of their own medical care and well-being. It’s important that they have the best possible understanding of their diagnosis and disease process, so that they can determine how they will face their medical challenges – in mind, body and spirit. We as physicians are facilitators in this process, and I consider it our duty to be compassionate, competent, and provide the best possible care.
As a pathologist, practicing “patient-centered pathology” means I need to be mindful that, behind each case, there is a patient who deserves my best effort. I am in the unique position to serve as a leader in multidisciplinary patient care in the era of precision medicine. It’s often said that 70 percent of medical decisions made by clinicians are based on a pathology or laboratory report, which shows the great responsibility with which we are entrusted. It’s my goal to live up to that responsibility. I will serve as the custodian of the patient’s tissue to ensure that it is used appropriately to generate accurate and timely diagnostic, prognostic and therapy selection information. I will be the manager of the patient’s laboratory data to help clinicians make sound medical decisions and provide effective care. I welcome the opportunity to interact with patients – to explain their pathology results, to perform fine needle aspiration biopsies, and more. When I practice pathology, my priority is the needs of the patient and the clinician.
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